Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Radiant Orchid NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kauai from the Spring 2014 High Seize Collection - Review, Pictures Swatches

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NARS Spring 2014 offering is colorful and eclectic. The eyeshadow duo in Kauai is especially stunning as it combines a cool toned gold metallic shadow with an almost duo toned blue-purple or "Blurple" satin finish shadow. NARS describes the duo as Gold Lame and Iridescent Smokey Orchid. Uh. What's that? Did someone say ORCHID? As in Radiant Orchid, the Pantone Color of the year for 2014? Well, it's a stretch, but why not lump it in with all the other purple-y shades under Pantone's Radiant Orchid umbrella. NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo is, in a word...Oh you know me. Hyperbole is my friend. I can't describe something so pretty in just one word!

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Let me tell you a little bit about the shadow. It's soft and well pigmented. The color is long lasting and does not crease or fade (when worn over a primer). The look is dramatic and sultry but could be applied with a lighter hand for a more office appropriate look.

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Now let me tell you a little about the island of Kauai. Since this NARS eyeshadow Duo is named after the island of Kauai, I thought it would be nice to show you that the weather in Kauai today is a balmy 70 degrees. You can click here to see the weather every day on Kauai. It looks to be a perfect week with highs in the high 70's. Oh how I wish I was there. Kawai is known as the Garden Island and is the 4th largest island in Hawaii. I have never been to Hawaii. I really want to go, but I fear if I do go, I might never leave.

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Blue skies, sunshine, island breezes, 50 miles of beaches, cascading waterfalls, rainforests, why would anyone leave? It's kind of like why would anyone NOT like the Kauai Eyeshadow Duo form NARS? It's a universally flattering gold shadow that does not look garish or tacky (That's an achievement in and of itself) with a sweet, deep purple shadow with hints of blue and red to make it as neutral as possible, and it has a smooth application, as smooth as the sand on the beaches and the breeze on your sun kissed skin. What's not to think this paradise of an eyeshadow couldn't work for you.

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Sure the NARS Kauai Eyeshadow Duo doesn't smell like the wild blooming Plumeria (AKA Frangipani) flowers, but it evokes the feeling of delicate petals of wild orchids found in the rainforests of the island....or at least that's what I would like to believe.

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Do you NEED this? Does Hawaii have tropical weather? Does the island of Kauai have the most beautiful flowers? Does the North Shore, Kauai have lush taro fields? YES! YES! YES! and YES! OK. Maybe gold shadow isn't for everyone, but it's subtle enough that even if you are a first time gold shadow user, you could totally make this work for you. There are multiple ways to wear this combination. I just show you one, but experimentation is the spice of makeup life, is it not?

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The NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kauai retails for $34 USD and can be purchased from narscosmetics.com, nordstrom.com (eventually) and sephora.com.

OK. Now who is going to pay for a trip to Hawaii for me? I'd be happy to go if someone picks up the bill!


6 comments:

  1. This one is on my wish list! And so is the other duo by the way :-)

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  2. Oh gosh, this one is definitely on my wish list! Both shades really really speak to me!

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  3. I love this SO MUCH! And I love love love the look you did! Buying ASAP

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  4. It's a lovely e/s! A must-have! I tell you what, it's actually in the low-mid 60s here in HI. I live in Oahu, and my ass is freezing at this time. I don't think I'll survive snow in the mainland.

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  5. I didn't know you were in Hawaii?! Well when I finally get to Hawaii I'm visiting you!

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  6. That would be awesome! Can't wait!!!!

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